Dries Buytaert

Public money, public code

Should software funded with tax dollars be Open Source? I believe so. Maybe there are exceptions, but the default should be "developed with public money, make it public code".

Some governments have increasingly embraced Open Source software. For example, Italy created a new law to enforce the evaluation and use of Open Source in government. And, the Australian government has been promoting the idea of public code for several years.

Why do you think many governments have not adopted the idea of "public money, public code"?

— Dries Buytaert

Dries Buytaert is an Open Source advocate and technology executive. More than 10,000 people are subscribed to his blog. Sign up to have new posts emailed to you or subscribe using RSS.